They Said It

Tue 6 Apr by Mark Gleeson


“I always felt Itu's problem is - and I said it to him, I won't hide it - I think he fell out of love with the game. You've got to love the game, and sometimes it happens in football careers. I've seen, certainly, a resurgence. He's coming back mentally and loving the game. You've got to want to go to training every day and love it. If you don't, it's a problem. We've spoken about it so I'm just speaking openly."

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt reveals what he believes is the reason goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been struggling.

"It gives us hope. Perhaps on the quality of the performance and the way we demolished Chelsea, a little bit more than hope. It keeps us alive. They demolished a Chelsea side with an undefeated record since the new manager arrived. That's what the Premier League is about - teams at the bottom beating teams at the top."

West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce after their unlikely 5-2 win over the Blues.

"People are getting racially abused, but when you see the statement I talk also about bullying, harassment that can cause mental issues. People commit suicide because of it. It's very difficult to eradicate everything, but can it be safer? We all know that it is a great tool, but a lot of people are using it as a weapon. Why? Because they can hide behind fake accounts. I know that a little portion of the world is using it as a weapon. 'Can it be safer?' is all I am asking. I will be back on it when it's safe."

Thierry Henry on quitting social media.

“No one can predict the champion based on the performance. None of the qualified teams at the top of their group want to face Al Ahly. Al Ahly is a big team who have nine CAF Champions League titles to their name, and today we qualified for the quarter-finals, to continue the journey of defending the title.”

Pitso Mosimane warns his Egyptian side are still the team to beat in the African Champions League.

"Mario Balotelli was a huge talent, yet he did nothing to improve. I wanted to change his daily routine: 'Mario, trust me. If you want to become the best you have to train hard’. He looked at me with a straight face and the next day he showed up at the gym 40 minutes before the session. Also the following day. By the third day, he was already bored. That's Mario."

Keisuke Honda on former AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli.